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08/31/2015 04:30 EDT | Updated 08/31/2016 01:12 EDT

Some facts and figures about the federal riding of Saskatoon West

SASKATOON — Things to know about Saskatoon West:

Worth watching: A redrawn riding that was part of a controversial plan to replace eight urban-rural seats in Regina and Saskatoon with five mainly urban seats in the two cities. Saskatoon West is a combination of the old ridings of Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar and Saskatoon Wanuskewin. The urban-rural ridings under the old boundary system had been viewed by many as being beneficial to the Conservatives in recent years. They took all four Saskatoon-area seats in 2011.   

Population: 76,704

Incumbent: None. Former Saskatoon Wanuskewin MP Maurice Vellacott chose not to run. Conservative Kelly Block, who represented Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar, is running in Carlton Trail-Eagle Creek. 

Main Challengers: Saskatoon Coun. Randy Donauer has been nominated for the Conservatives; United Way CEO Sheri Benson is running for the NDP; First Nations lawyer Lisa Abbott is on the Liberal ticket.  

Election History: Block eked out narrow victories over the NDP in the last two elections in Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar. Vellacott won the Saskatoon Wanuskewin seat handily in each election since 1997.

Fun Fact: Maybe this is a good omen for the Conservatives: The riding includes the Saskatoon airport, which is named after Conservative Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, the only prime minister born in Saskatchewan. 

The Canadian Press